We’re just days from the kick-off to the FIFA World Cup 2018. For those fans who aren’t travelling to Russia to see the ball spin, we compiled this ultimate list of places in the UAE to watch the matches live, most of which feature unbeatable food and beverage deals.
Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi
Score the best seats this football season with Velocity Fan Zone’s food and beverage offers. Bringing the match to the fans, this sports venue has a quirky offering – a selected beverage is free until the first foul is called during all 64 games from the June 14 to July 15.
Location Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi Cost Starts at Dh12
Stars and Bars
Catch all the matches live and with commentary across the 76 HDTV Screens at Stars and Bars, Yas Island. You can also enjoy a buy one, get one free offer on selected hops during the matches.
Location Emporium Building,Yas Marina Circuit
Guests can enjoy the games and get a 25 per cent cash back voucher based on their total spending; the voucher can be redeemed on their next visit during the World Cup.
Location Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas
You won’t miss a detail at any Loca location, with seven screens in Dubai and nine in Abu Dhabi. Complementing the live screening with special offers on selected beverages and authentic Mexican food, buy four beverages and get one for free.
Location The Galleria, Al Maryah Island
McGettigan’s bars and restaurants across the country are gearing up with World cup offers starting from June 14 along with month-long live screenings at JLT, Dubai World Trade Centre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, and Al Raha Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Apart from daily offers, happy hours and special dishes, there will also be a World Cup themed Friday brunch at three of the brand’s locations – Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Abu Dhabi (Al Raha Hotel) on June 15.
Locations Al Raha Hotel Abu Dhabi (Multiple locations in Dubai)
Yas Viceroy’s World Cup Terrace Tent
With its trackside location overlooking the famous Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi provides the ideal backdrop for sports fans this football season. Fans will be able to catch all the live action on the big screen in Yas Viceroy’s custom-built World Cup Terrace Tent.
Location Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Cost Starts at Dh20
Emirates Palace tent
At the conclusion of Ramadan, Emirates Palace Ramadan tent transforms into Emirates Palace World Cup tent. Football fans can relax and never miss a single moment of action across giant LED screens, 7 meters by 4 meters.
Location Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi Cost Minimum spend of Dh100
M&H Yacht cruise
A big football fan group? Don’t cut corners and try out this unique football experience aboard the luxurious M&H yacht in Abu Dhabi. The yacht features state-of-the-art indoor entertainment fitted with a 70-inch LED TV and high-tech speakers which will bring all 64 matches live to the screen. During half time, step outside and indulge in the natural landscapes showcased through the sundeck, with sceneries of the seas and the capital’s cityscapes for a truly distinct viewing of the most sought-after cup tie with family and friends.
Location M&H Ships and Boat Cruise Rental Cost Dh150 per person including some bites (minimum of 15 people, up to 40)
Hilton Al Ain
The Hilton gardens will transform into an arena-inspired ambience, featuring huge seating spaces, large visual showcases and a cutting-edge sound system. Sport your favourite jersey and enjoy the games live for Dh100 during the quarter and semi-finals, and Dh120 during the final match, with two complimentary house beverages per person. Al Ain’s hit sports bar, Paco’s will also be ready to welcome football enthusiasts with loads of large LED TVs and Tex-Mex specialties during matches.
Location Hilton Al Ain Cost Varies
Al Majaz FIFA tent
Al Majaz Amphitheatre of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau has announced that it is setting up a special, fully-equipped tent to screen the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Location Al Majaz Amphitheatre Cost Dh20 for entry
Ras Al Khaimah
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
Cheer as loud as you can as you soak in the outdoor Marjan Pool and catch all the action on big screens with beverages of your choice and floating shisha. There will be live entertainment through half-time, scratch-and-win offers, along with promotions on beverages.
Location DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island Cost From Dh120
Burger & Lobster
Starting June 14, fans of Burger & Lobster will be able to enjoy the World Cup at the DIFC venue on a 3x3 metre wide screen, combined with burger & lobster favourites in a combo package for two. Kick-start those taste buds with the savoury and crispy panko popcorn, followed by two mini-burgers, a mini-shrimp roll and truffle fries, perfectly accompanied by hops.
Location Burj Daman Building - 312 Al Sa'ada St - Dubai Cost Dh195 per person
Cheer for your favourite team as you enjoy some appetising pub grub and beverages in a dedicated fan zone at Ranches Restaurant! Bound to ensure that you feel the live energy of the stadium.
Location Arabian Ranches Golf Club Cost A la carte featuring special football inspired food and beverages, with a special 2 for 1 offer on selected hop beverages
Armani Hotel Dubai
Enjoy all the live action from the year's most anticipated football tournament in the Armani/Pavilion set at the foot of the Burj Khalifa facing The Dubai Fountain. The match-perfect menu of signature à la carte bites, chilled beverages, shisha, and high-energy atmosphere make for a winning FIFA World Cup experience at Armani Hotel Dubai.
Location Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard - Dubai Cost Dh100 minimum spend per person
Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina
Watch live telecasts of all the games on 24 super-size screens as you savour a menu with football-themed sections, enjoy half-time entertainment and lively tunes on the jukebox.
Location Address Dubai Marina Cost Dh99 per person including two beverages, chicken wings and special world cup themed gift
Perry & Blackwelder’s
Whether fans are following their home country or getting together with friends to cheer on neutral nations, Perry & Blackwelder’s (P&B) is sprinkling its distinctive dose of Southern charm on the month-long showcase with a menu of comfort food and host of food and beverage deals. All the action will be shown live on 10 screens throughout the venue with the major matches being featured on the big screen next to the main bar.
Location Souk Madinat Jumeirah Cost Sharing deals from Dh99
Sporty catch-ups at Links
Set against Montgomerie’s driving range and the impressive skyline of Dubai Marina, Links sets the perfect backdrop for all those nail-biting moments and exhilarating victories. Enjoy the live screening of the World Cup football games with a special themed menu and pre- and post-game happy hours.
Location Address Montgomerie Cost A la carte
Football fans can sit back, relax and enjoy the games on the big screen at Aloft Me’aisam for a minimum spend of Dh100 per person. Guests can order a special main course for Dh89 (including hops), or a traditional football snack, special nacho platters at Dh69 (with hops) or Dh59 (with a soft drink). For those wanting something a little different, a special shisha, nachos and soft drink package will be available for Dh99.
Location Dubai Production City Cost Minimum spend of Dh100 per person
Fairmont the Palm
Fairmont The Palm has a dedicated World Cup Tent at its Palm Courtyard to support in fans cheering on their teams this June. Fully air conditioned with a full beverage and bites menu, the World Cup tent will provide the ultimate game-watching destination with multiple TV screens to enjoy the real-time matches.
Location Palm Courtyard, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah Cost From Dh95 per person
With four different zones there is always a good spot to settle in and watch the game – the marquee, the bar, semi-private booths with dedicated TVs and a dining section with multiple flat-screens. Out of 19 TVs and two large projector screens, football enthusiasts will be spoilt for viewing options. For the kick-offs and opening ceremony, guests can enjoy a two-hour long beverage special at Dh99 only.
Location Urban Bar & Kitchen, Movenpick JLT Cost A la carte
The Trophy Room at Fairmont is set to open in the beginning of June, to show all the World Cup matches with a menu that has everything from golden chicken nuggets and gold-dusted fries to beverages topped with bacon-stuffed olives, Parmesan cheese and accompanied by home-made beef jerky as a stir stick.
Location Fairmont Dubai
Dubliners, Le Meridien
For all the footy fans out there, the specially built fan zone marquee by Dubliners at Meridien Village will broadcast all the football action in an air-conditioned dome. Food and beverage offers are also available starting at Dh30.
Location Le Meridien Dubai
The Barasti SuperDome is where football lives this summer and will cater for up to 8000 fans per match and features special effects, Live DJs and giant screens. Make the football season a month-long party.
Location Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Cost Free entry
Diners can expect high-resolution screenings of every game live from Russia in the comfort of the fully air-conditioned tent at QDs. Guests will have a wide range of food and beverage offers to compliment the viewings. Sharing options vary from Dh380 for four guests to Dh1,500 for up to 10 guests.
Location QDs, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Cost Starts at Dh380 for four people
Bidi Bondi FIFA Tent
Kicking off with the anticipated FIFA World Cup, Bidi Bondi brings football fanatics a fully air-conditioned fan zone tent, where guests can catch the live action on one of the 17 HD screens, three of which are giant screens.
Location Bidi Bondi, Palm Jumeirah Cost Season ticket priced at Dh155 per person and includes four beverages and a meal, or five beverages
The Els Club
Throughout the FIFA World Cup, The Els Club’s 261 Bar and Lounge will feature large screens indoor to take in all the action as well as live cooking stations and promotional bucket deals.
Location Dubai Sports City Cost Bucket deals start at Dh99